Training role lifts Nikki's career to a whole new level
SIGNED AND SEALED: Director Pete Harvey congratulates Nikki Hale on her promotion.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 26 Jul 2016
A NEW era is being embraced at BJB Lift Trucks as Nikki Hale becomes training and marketing manager.
Having first joined the Grimsby company in 2010, she spent a year at HCF Catch, the beacon training facility at Stallingborough, before re-joining as the materials handling specialist embarked on a significant expansion.
Now following some recent staff changes she is to head up the important division, where significant investment has been seen as part of a move to the South Humberside Industrial Estate base.
Pete Harvey, director, said: "It is exciting times here and this is a fresh focus for BJB. Nikki knows the business very well and we see this is as the start of a new era as we move forward.
Training is an important part of the business, yet it has been one of our biggest secrets.
"We are now looking at building on the team behind her."
The company specialises in materials handling and powered access training, and Mrs Hales' remit covers both external and internal requirements at the Estate Road One centre.
BJB's existing team of instructors has also been strengthened, as the business enters the application process to become an
International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) training centre. A new instructor, who is already IPAF accredited, is also trained to provide portable access scaffolding training.
Mrs Hale (pictured right) said: "As a company we have always wanted to move forward, and following some recent staff changes this has been handed to me to take forward.
"I have worked with the department for four years when I first joined BJB, so I had a good grounding in what goes on, but it is still quite a learning curve and a busy time for us.
"My time at HCF Catch also gave me the experience of meeting training needs for a lot of different sectors."
There has been early success in the role too, as Mrs Hale herself prepares to take the basic fork lift truck courses to gain a full understanding.
"We have already brought a couple of new clients on board," she said.
BJB is looking forward to being part of IMHX, the international materials handling exhibition, taking place at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre, from September 13.
Tens of thousands of people attend the four-day event, held once every three years, and it is the first time BJB will have attended as exhibitors, in one of the five huge halls.
Mr Harvey and Mrs Hale will be part of the TCM dealer network, the recent rebrand from Nissan.
"We are looking forward to it," said Mrs Hale. "It is another good opportunity to promote all aspects of our one-stop shop offer to industry. There are not many other dealers in the network that offer the full package like we do."